Dave Gregory (musician)
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Gregory pictured in 2010
|Birth name||David Charles Gregory|
21 September 1952 |
Swindon, Wiltshire, England
|Associated acts||Big Big Train, Tin Spirits, XTC|
David Charles Gregory (born 21 September 1952) is an English guitarist from Swindon, best known for his work with the rock band XTC. He was a member of the group between the albums Drums and Wires (1979) and Nonsuch (1992), contributing guitar, keyboards, and occasional string arrangements.
Gregory was the lead guitarist of XTC, from immediately prior to the recording of the Drums and Wires LP in 1979, when he replaced Barry Andrews, to his eventually leaving the band in 1999. He also contributed keyboards and backing vocals to their work.
Since leaving XTC Gregory has been much in demand as a session musician with a number of artists, including Peter Gabriel, Aimee Mann, Cud, Marc Almond, Bingo Durango, Johnny Hates Jazz, Jason Donovan, Martin Newell, Louis Philippe, Lulu, Mark Owen, R. Stevie Moore and others. Gregory, who has been regularly involved in Steve Hogarth's h-Band, has also contributed to works by Porcupine Tree, including string arrangements on their sixth album, Lightbulb Sun, and for Dublin group Pugwash.
On 16 August 2009, English progressive rock band Big Big Train announced on their official blog that Gregory would be appearing as a guest musician on their sixth studio album, The Underfall Yard. Gregory subsequently appeared on Big Big Train's Far Skies Deep Time EP. He was first listed as a full band member on English Electric Part One (2012) and has been on the subsequent albums since then.
Gregory is also a member of the group Tin Spirits, which feature ex Stamford Amp singer Mark Kilminster and also guitarist Daniel Steinhardt and drummer Douglas Mussard. The band releases their first album, Wired to Earth, on 1 April 2011. Tin Spirits supported Marillion during the Marillionweekend at Port Zélande on 27 March 2011 in the Netherlands. Gregory also guests on the 2012 album Not the Weapon but the Hand by Steve Hogarth and Richard Barbieri. In 2013, Gregory contributed to the book 1001 Guitars to Dream of Playing Before You Die.
- Dave Gregory's web pages
- Dave Gregory 2 hour audio interview on Rundgren Radio
- The Dave Gregory Story interview by Mark Powell at Cherry Red Records
- Big Big Train's official site
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